INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee announced Oct. 5 that the University of New Hampshire and Verizon Wireless Arena have been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division I men's hockey Northeast Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31.
2013 will mark the fifth time UNH and Verizon Wireless Arena have hosted this event, all since 2004. Last season, UNH advanced to the regional finals against with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Miami at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester. New Hampshire also hosted in 2007 and 2009.
"We're excited to have the regionals back in Manchester," UNH Head Coach Dick Umile said. "I believe the NCAA recognized the hard work that UNH, Verizon Wireless Arena and the city of Manchester put into the previous four regionals when awarded this one. We strive to qualify and compete in the NCAA tournament every year and it's tremendous for us to be able to play in front of our loyal fan base."
"We are very proud to have the NCAA grant us the Men's Ice Hockey Regionals in 2013. This is in keeping with our efforts to be a nationally -recognized athletics entity; the hosting of high profile NCAA championships is important in that endeavor," said UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano.
"On behalf of SMG and the entire Verizon Wireless Arena staff we look forward to continuing the fantastic relationship with UNH athletics and the NCAA. The opportunity to showcase our facility, our city and the enthusiasm which surrounds hockey in the state is something we take great pride in and look forward to," said Tim Bechert, Regional General Manager of the Verizon Wireless Arena.
In addition to the Northeast Regional, the East Regional will be held at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. and hosted by Brown University, the Midwest Regional will be held at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and hosted by Bowling Green State University and the West Regional will be held at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. and be hosted by the University of Michigan.